Duddingston Loch, Edinburgh

Rambling around Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh last month. Lovely walk, old stone walls, Dr. Neil’s Garden, Duddingston Kirk, and some geese, swans, and pheasants.

At one point when we were unsure as to how to get to one of the places we wanted to see, a friendly woman noticed our apparent confusion, opened a gate, and led us there. Wonderful!

Old stone walls that went on for kilometers

duddington lock edinburgh church garden birds

Remnants of a horse-drawn railway dating to 1831

When I saw this chain on the church wall I joked that it was for sinners. Turns out I wasn’t off the mark. . .

Rusty Treasures Found While Organizing Utility Room

A few rusty treasures unearthed while cleaning and organizing our utility room today.

rusty railway spike door stop

On the left, a massive old door stop, gleaned from the site of a former farm on Byrne Creek just a few minutes walk from our place. (All part of a municipal park for decades now. . .)

On the right, a spike from the late, lamented, electric Interurban tram line that ran near our place and all the way out to Chilliwack before it was sadly decommissioned with the rise of cars and highways.

What a loss!

I hear that the teeny Powerhouse Creek that runs a few dozen meters out our back gate and into Byrne Creek was thus named for having a steam-powered electrical generator for the Interurban back in the day. The wee creek taps an underground aquifer that runs to this day. . .

Our Late, Trusty, Subaru Slowly Disappears

Well, we’re down to just a few bits and pieces of our trusty ’98 Subaru Outback since I was T-boned on Feb. 21, 2018, and ICBC chose to write it off with a paltry 320,000 km on it. . .

I’m sure it would have had at least another 100K in it.

I had the winter rims and tires on it when I was hit, and today, some 16 months later, a fellow bought the original stock wheels with the summer tires on them.

Craig’s List can take awhile, but I’m glad we got something for them! 

subaru outback key

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